The quest to find and recruit data professionals shows no sign of easing in London with new figures showing data roles are growing faster than any other profession, up 92% in the past 12 months alone, despite a year which was dominated by Brexit-related political and economic uncertainty.
Research from the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo), analysed by business intelligence specialist Vacancysoft, has found that, overall, professional services job vacancies have risen by 16.7% across the capital since this time last year.
Accountancy roles take the lead, climbing 59%, partly due to aggressive hiring from the Big Four accountancy firms. At KPMG, for instance, hiring has increased 111% year on year.
However, the tech industry continues to dominate roles, accounting for 41.8% of all vacancies. The 92% rise in data roles has been attributed to the implementation of AI in a number of fields; in July, Amazon kicked off a major recruitment drive in the UK with plans to hire over 2,000 new workers, including data scientists, engineers and software developers.
APSCo member relations manager Rina Durban said: “Despite the political and economic uncertainty which dominated much of 2019, it’s great to see hiring activity flourishing.
“With sharp growth in many sectors – London is set to continue offering stellar opportunities for professionals. The fact that the city was once again the leading hub in Europe for VC funding is a promising sign going forward.”